Announcing the Kansas City Transportation History Hike

Join WAY TO GO and Urban Hikes KC for a walking tour tracing the region’s transportation history.

Kansas City has a rich transportation history. From the Hopewell, Mississippi, Kansas Osage, Otos and Missouria people who first called this land home and relied on the region’s waterways to the French fur traders who established the first white settlements along the Missouri River and eventually, expansion and development that brought new bridges, roadways and industry, this region has long been defined as a place of movement.

Join WAY TO GO and Urban Hikes KC for a walking tour tracing the region’s transportation history on March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon or Friday. A second hike has been scheduled for Saturday, June 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The 4-mile urban hike will take participants from the Town of Kansas Bridge in the River Market neighborhood to Union Station.

Hikers will travel through Downtown, Quality Hill and the Crossroads neighborhoods to learn about:

    • People that shaped the city’s design and transportation systems
    • Stories behind bridges, roads, and notable infrastructure projects
    • Development of the city’s streetcar system and bus lines
    • How the automobile transformed the city, for better and for worse

Participants will also hear about what’s in store for the future of transportation in Kansas City and how understanding our region’s history can better prepare us for tomorrow.

“Our work at WAY TO GO is focused around meeting the needs of today’s residents and creating a more livable, connected region for future generations,” says Karen Clawson, Climate and Air Programs Manager at the Mid-America Regional Council. “If we’re going to build a sustainable transportation future, we need to understand how we got to where we are today. By taking a closer look at our region’s rich history of development, transportation, and land use, we can take those lessons learned long ago and create solutions that can truly transform our region.”

Registration information

Capacity is limited to 20 participants for each event. Tickets are $10 for WAY TO GO users or $30 for the general public.

To gain access to the WAY TO GO user discount, log in or create an account on the WAY TO GO app and find the promo code under Featured Rewards in the Rewards dashboard.

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